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Monday, 9 February 2015
Page: 212

Mr WILLIAMS (Hindmarsh) (16:12): I rise today to recognise the terrific work of the Edwardstown Meals on Wheels branch. A couple of weeks ago I was privileged to spend the morning volunteering with the branch, when I donned the apron and assisted preparing meals. It was good, when I was preparing the meals, to talk to some of the volunteers who have been providing valuable services for many years.

I also enjoyed the opportunity to help deliver the meals. I joined Kim, who is a job seeker; Colin, the volunteer coordinator; Brenda, Stephanie and Don—a handful of others of the over 100 incredible Edwardstown Weals on Wheels volunteers. The Edwardstown Meals on Wheels prepares an average of 120 meals a day and have delivered over 1½ million meals for all those in need in the Hindmarsh the electorate.

I learnt firsthand about the support received from Meals on Wheels—and it is more than just a meal. From Plympton to Glandore and Edwardstown, they took me on a journey. People took us into their homes and welcomed our attendance and support—the social contact. I witnessed first hand the great appreciation of the visits of the Meals on Wheels volunteers.

I would like to thank President Colin and his wife and secretary Maria Humphreys for the invitation to join them for the morning. In closing, I also want to pay tribute to the Rotary Club of Edwardstown, which provides a driver each day for the Edwardstown Meals on Wheels. The Rotary Club helped set up the Meals on Wheels branch many years ago. It is a great example of the two organisations working together.